One of the best parts about visiting Disney World, aside from experiencing the thrilling rides and magical setting, is loading up on special Disney swag. Some seek out Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears for every day of the week, while others try to fill their autograph books to the brim with signatures from their favorite characters.
It’s hard not to be mesmerized by the sheer amount of glitz and glam that fill Disney’s gift shops, and it’s easy to break the bank by indulging in one souvenir too many. To help you navigate through the souvenir stretch of your trip, we’ve rounded up some simple tips and tricks to help make the most out of your time and money, while still leaving the parks with good mementos in hand.
Ways to Save Inside the Park
There are a few ways to get special discounted pricing on Disney souvenirs within the park. Annual pass holders not only save money on entrance tickets but also get 20% off on most stores within the park and 10% off dining! If you don’t want to swing for an annual pass, you can always stock up on Disney gift cards at Target. If you use your Target Red Card, you’ll get 5% off. This is a great way to save some money if you already know you’re going to be purchasing some souvenirs on your trip.
Pro Tip: Disney gift shops stay open later than the rides, so save your souvenir shopping for the end of the day to avoid long lines and make the most of your time.
Prep For Your Trip Before You Enter the Park
If you have a bit of foresight, the best way to save on Disney souvenirs is to purchase them at locations outside of the park. The Disney Outlet Store is a great place to start, with a vast assortment of gifts to choose from all at discounted prices. Target and Walmart also carry a variety of Disney goodies and are great places to purchase things like t-shirts and sweatshirts to prep for your upcoming Disney vacation. If your hotel is near the park, it might even offer Disney souvenirs for purchase on-site. At the Grove Resort & Spa Orlando, you can find a variety of Disney gifts available in their Alfresco Market. They also have a free shuttle that will transport you directly to and from the park, making your Disney trip hassle-free.